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Carrie’s Latest Developments

November 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Our little Carrie just turned 10 months old. She’s reached a number of milestones during her full 9 months of life:

  • She can drink milk and water from a straw in a cup.
  • She can stand on her own without moving for minutes! And she can even take 2-3 steps without falling.
  • Not only does Carrie climb up the stairs all the time, she now knows how to climb down the stairs too.
  • At 2 months, she visited Miami. At 4 months, she used her brand new passport to travel to the Bahamas. Soon afterwards, she met my family in Rhode Island. During the summer, she went to the Outer Banks in NC with her father’s family and in the middle of July, she spent a week in Chi-town, sightseeing and exploring great eats with the both of us, her parents. And just recently, for her 10 month birthday, she’s celebrating the good life in the Virgin Islands. A great exotic getaway for the fall, I’d say.
  • Last month, she moved from the state in which she was born. It makes me wonder how many more places she’ll move to and explore before she settles down.

I just can’t believe how quickly she’s growing.




Baby #2

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Baby #2 is already on the way. My husband and I are excitedly waiting for this new addition to our family. Like the previous baby, food and travel updates will probably continue until we are holed up and bonding with the new baby.

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Carrie Update, The Latest

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Carrie’s about 9 months now and frothing at the mouth to walk but she’s still cruising (holding onto furniture, people, anything to get from one spot to another). The other day, she followed me into the bathroom and I thought, this is a small bathroom. The toilet seat and cover are down. There’s nothing she can get into. I can wash my hands in peace. However she proved me wrong because after a minute of washing my hands in the sink, I look down to discover she had unrolled the whole toilet paper roll which now lay on the floor of the bathroom. What am I going to do with my little girl?!

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Motherhood 0-6 months

June 15, 2009 Leave a comment

I have not written in my blog since December 2008 since right before I delivered my daughter, Carrie.

Initially, I thought to share some ideas I’ve had on motherhood. After 6 months of being a mother, I think that raising children (well) has got to be one of the toughest things to do as a person. The pain of childbirth (which include 3 days’ worth of labor and pushing out a baby naturally via breech birth) does not compare to the first couple of months of adjusting to a jaundiced and colicky newborn. I remember that I did not sleep much the first three months of Carrie’s life. When she did fall asleep for 1-3 hours at a time, I also remember researching every concern I had online, from jaundice to breastfeeding to poo color to babies’  hair falling out. I got so much good advice (from my mother and mil) but my main source of information was always online at medical websites, the la leche league website, and mommy forums. I found that being a mom means standing up for your beliefs despite everyone’s well meaning advice whether that means having a natural birth instead of a medically induced birth, breastfeeding instead of bottlefeeding, and the list goes on and on.

Back to back baby showers

December 10, 2008 Leave a comment

On Friday afternoon, my office held our holiday party. We ate tasty hors d’oeuvre from Russia House (mini crabcakes, veal meatballs, shrimp on crostini, etc.), drank some specialty wines (pictured below), and had a white elephant gift exchange. Unbeknownst to me, the staff had also organized a surprise baby shower for me. It was wonderful because they ordered vanilla baby shower themed cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes, the best cupcakes in the metro DC area (in my opinion, they should have won top cupcake in the metro DC area while the Washington Post was running that story). Our baby received some very cute outfits, blankets, and accessories. Thanks to my wonderful coworkers.

On Saturday evening, my family threw a baby shower with over 40 people in attendance. My husband and I cleaned and prepped the house, I prepared the appetizers and my family prepared the main dishes. When guests arrived, we played baby shower games and opened up a ton of presents for the baby. After the party ended at midnight, my husband and I were so exhausted after our long day but we took a moment to think about how blessed and happy we are to have such a great support network as newbie parents.

Belated election day post

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment

This election day, November 4th, was the first time my husband ever voted so we made a big deal out of it. We both adorned our Obama t-shirts (the ones you get for free when you contribute to the campaign). We also hosted an election watch party, serving up appetizers, pizza and drinks in red, white and blue cups. White cups are for independents or unaffiliated. Although our house was a blue one, we had guests who did drink out of the red cups 🙂


McDonald’s, pregnancy cravings

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Why do many pregnant women crave the unhealthiest items on the McDonald’s food menu? And why is it that McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches and hashbrowns are so good? I was craving some french fries at 10:30a and thought that they may be serving fries that early in the morning so I went to the nearest McDonalds to grab some.

Unfortunately, I was half an hour too early since the McDonald’s I went to only served fries at lunchtime (starting at 11a). Because I was hungry and didn’t want to leave on an empty stomach, I ordered the egg mcmuffin (ham, egg and cheese) sandwich which really hit the spot: for some reason, the egg tasted as though it had been cooked fresh in the restaurant which is never the case for the dozens of previous egg sandwiches I’ve had at McDs in the past. The hashbrown was greasy and crunchy, as it usually is. Oh so good to the last bite.

Much later, I fulfilled my craving for french fries by eating a nice juicy cheddar burger and shoestrong fries from Mike’s American Bar and Grill. What a perfect ending to my day!